Marine & Earth Science and Technology Research Center
The research center as part of the DRPM (Directorate of Research and Community Service) ITS has the task of carrying out research/study activities and community service. This research activity is carried out as a part related to a particular field of science, where this research activity is cross-departmental and cross-laboratory.
The Marine & Earth Science and Technology Research Center is a research center under the ITS DRPM (Directorate of Research and Community Service). This research center conducts multidisciplinary research related to marine & earth science and technology to contribute in solving national problems.
The STKK Research Center (Ocean-Earth Science and Engineering) has a very big role considering that Indonesia is one of the largest archipelagic countries in the world and together with other countries in Southeast Asia it is called the maritime continent. The number of islands in Indonesia is 17,504 islands with a coastline of 81,000 kilometers. In addition, Indonesia has a marine area of two-thirds of its total territorial area. More specifically, Indonesia’s marine area is 5.8 million square kilometers consisting of a territorial area of 3.2 million square kilometers and the Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone (ZEEI) of 2.7 million square kilometers.
The National Research Master Plan (RIPN) 2017-2045 prioritizes the extraordinary potential of the maritime and marine sector, but has not yet been optimally transformed as a source of progress and prosperity for the Indonesian people. This can be indicated, among other things, from the sector’s low economic contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Based on the records of the Central Statistics Agency (2018), the economic contribution derived from the utilization of potential marine resources is less than 13.32 percent of the national GDP. The contribution of the maritime economy in the mining and energy sectors is still relatively low.
To optimize the utilization of maritime resources, it is necessary to have earth science and technology in order to monitor and support the conservation of maritime resources in an effort to maintain existing resources. In addition, the field of earth science and technology will provide environmental sustainability and sustainability efforts as well as optimizing natural resources through mining and oil and gas exploration, water quality management and monitoring of land use changes, deformation, and last but not least the mapping of land use and its cadastre and use.